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Author Roller, Duane W.

Title Cleopatra : a biography / Duane W. Roller
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (252 pages)
Series Women in antiquity
Women in antiquity.
Contents Cleopatra's ancestry and background -- The Ptolemaic heritage and the entanglement with Rome -- Cleopatra's youth and education -- Becoming queen (51-47 BC) -- Consolidating the empire (47-40 BC) -- The peak years (40-34 BC) -- The operation of the kingdom -- Royal administration -- The royal building program -- Isis and Dionysos -- Foreign policy and the matter of Herod the Great -- Scholarship and culture at the court of Cleopatra -- Downfall (34-30 BC) -- Outline of Cleopatra's life and career -- Cleopatra's mother -- Was Cleopatra a Roman citizen? -- Some ancient literary descriptions of Cleopatra -- Genealogy -- The iconography of Cleopatra
Summary Few personalities from classical antiquity are more famous--yet more poorly understood--than Cleopatra VII, queen of Egypt. In the centuries since her death in 30 BC, she has been endlessly portrayed in the arts and popular culture, from Shakespearean tragedy to paintings, opera, and movies. Despite the queen's enduring celebrity, however, many have dismissed her as a mere seductress. In this major new biography, Duane Roller reveals that Cleopatra was in fact a learned and visionary leader whose overarching goal was always the preservation of her dynasty and kingdom. Roller's authoritative ac
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, -30 B.C.
Queens -- Egypt -- Biography.
Egypt -- History -- 332-30 B.C.
Egypt -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009024061
ISBN 0195365534 (hdbk.)
0199711003 (electronic bk.)
9780195365535 (hdbk.)
9780199711000 (electronic bk.)